Courses & Independent Studio

VIRTUAL FALL 2020 COURSES

SESSION 1: September 8 - October 19, 2020
SESSION 2: October 26 - December 11, 2020
(Note: All course times are EST and Sessions 1 and 2 are the same course content unless noted otherwise.)

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

Connect with friends, classmates, artists, scholars, and our team of instructors through interactive classes, workshops and studio visits. All of our Fall 2020 classes will meet online using free applications, and are open to anyone over the age of 18. Once you have registered for a course, you will receive an email with details on how to access your class via Zoom and Google Classroom. In order to participate in these courses, you will need to have access to a computer (or tablet or smartphone) with a camera, and an internet connection. You will need to download Zoom before the first class. New to using Zoom? Here are the specific system requirements needed to run Zoom.

To find out which classes are open, click the "Log in or Create Your Account" button below to go to our online registration portal. Then click on "Virtual Fall 2020 Courses" or "Visit an Artist Series" on the left column and click on the class of your choice. Please refer to our Course Policies pages for more information.

If you would like to get on the waitlist for a course that is currently full, you can do that by logging in to your account and click "Add to Waitlist" under a class of your choice.

NEW! Multi-class registration discount: Get 50% off our lecture-based classes Curation, Conservation and the Ceramic Object and Fired Up Redux! when you register for one or more of our 6-week hands-on making classes.

Harvard Employee Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) is now available for eligible employees registering for Curation, Conservation and the Ceramic Object and Fired Up Redux!

Email Ji-Eun Kim at jikim@fas.harvard.edu to learn more about applying these discounts.

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Fall 2020 Courses - Sessions 1 and 2

By Hand at Home

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Session 2: October 26 - November 30 (6 classes)Handbuilt Trays upside down by Ruth Easterbrook
Days/Times: Mondays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (EST)
Level: Beginner - Advanced
Instructor: Ruth Easterbrook

Course description: Join 2019-20 Artist in Ruth Easterbrook in exploring hand building with clay from home. Each session includes on-line demonstrations and will address issues of construction, function and cover a variety of surface decoration techniques. 
*Session 1 class on October 12th will take place on Columbus Day/Indigenous People's Day.

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Curation, Conservation and the Ceramic Object

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Session 1: September 11 – October 16 (6 classes)* SPACE STILL AVAILABLE! Islamic Sweetmeats Platter Harvard Art Museum

Session 2: October 30 – December 11 (6 classes)**

Day/Time: Fridays, 10:00am - 12:00pm (EST)

Level: Beginning – Advanced

Instructor: Multiple

 

The Harvard Museums and the Harvard Ceramics Program have been close collaborators in support of scholarly research of ceramic objects for many years. This course offers participants the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of historic ceramic objects from across the globe. Teams of conservators, curators, conservation scientists and/or scholars from the museums of Harvard will discuss their research of ceramic objects within the collection. Each class meeting will feature a different topic. Each session will feature six different presenters.

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Design for Tile

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Session 2: October 27 - December 1 (6 classes)Marek Jacisin
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm (EST)
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor: Marek Jacisin

Course descriptionFrom our sketchbook to the wall, this class will focus on pattern design and the tools needed to make tile molds at home. Each week there will be a demonstration of making a tile with molds constructed with foam and simple tools. Students will be challenged to create a different tile design each week. For those students with access to clay, demonstrations of tile production with clay will assist the student in creating tiles at home. Students who do not have access to clay will benefit from observing the demonstrations and will have the tools to produce tiles once back in the studio.

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Expressive Drawing for Harvard Undergraduate Students

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Session 1: September 14 - October 5th (4 classes) Expressive Drawing
Days/Times: Mondays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (EST)
Level: Beginner - Advanced
Instructor: Deighton Abrams

Course description: Traditional drawings communicate the appearance of things from a fixed point of view at a frozen moment in time, whereas expressive drawing is about experiencing life from many points of view all contained in the same surface. Students will learn how the simple act of mark making on paper can serve as an outlet for creative expression. The class will explore examples of historic and contemporary expressionist artists while building their own voice through daily drawing exercises. Students are encouraged to meet on their own for “drawing circles”!

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Expressive Sculpture

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Deighton AbramsSession 2: October 26 – November 30 (6 classes)
Day/Time: Mondays, 2pm - 4pm (EST)
Level:
Beginning to Advanced
Instructor: Deighton Abrams

Course Description:

Clay’s responsiveness to touch makes it the ideal medium to sculpt both what we can see with our eyes and new forms that reveal what we can’t.  Through lectures and demonstrations, we will discuss a variety of techniques on developing individual creative approaches that students will then use to make a small body of work. Demonstrations will cover several technical considerations in making complex sculptural works with extra attention paid to making work in the home and transporting to the student’s own studio or to the Harvard studio for firing. If time allows, surface techniques with slips and underglazes will be discussed as well as planning for glaze firing.

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Flameware at Home

Semester: 

N/A

Offered: 

2020

Session 2: October 30 - December 11  (6 classes)*Flameware by Diane Lulek
Days/Times: Fridays, 1:00pm – 3:00pm (EST)
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor:
Dennis McLaughlin

Course Description: Do you enjoy cooking with your own clay creations? This class offers challenges in designing and executing versatile cooking vessels that are both elegant and practical. Flameware is uniquely formulated for use directly on a stove top burner or in a preheated oven. Careful attention will be made in emphasizing design elements that bring together form and function. The class projects have been developed so the work can be made in a minimally equipped home studio setting. Both Flameware clay and glazing/firing opportunities will be available through the Harvard Ceramics Studio for the class. Photo shown: Flameware by Diane Lulek, HCP Staff.

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Fundamentals of Form Design

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Design on chalkboard, vessel in progress on table by Ruth EasterbrookSession 2: October 28 - December 9 (6 classes)*
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm (EST)
Level: Beginner - Advanced
Instructor: Ruth Easterbrook

Course description: Join 2019-20 Artist in Residence Ruth Easterbrook as she guides students to focus on the foundation of all pots by breaking down form into its basic shapes. Students will use paper, scissors, and sketchbooks to then move towards working with clay. We will use paper to consider surface decoration, and forms built with templates as we advance with our form discovery. Clay will be an optional material and clay-based demonstrations will be included as a visual complement to class projects.

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Independent Studio at Home

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Tool BoxSession 2: October 26 – December 9 (6 weeks)
Day/Time:
N/A

Level: Independent - Advanced
Instructor: N/A

Course Description: Independent Studio at Home is intended for participants in the Boston area who are not enrolling in Fall 2020 online Ceramics Program course, but would like to access bisque and/or glaze-firing opportunities at the Ceramics Program. This option includes firing and studio glazes for up to 10,000 cubic inches of bisque and/or glaze work for the 6-week session. Cubic inches will be tracked for bisque and glaze firings, and cubic inch totals in excess of 10,000 cubic inches will be billed to you at 3 cents per cubic inch. We are offering electric kiln firing up to cone 6, and cone 10 gas reduction and soda vapor firings. Other firing temperatures can be arranged. A Google Sheets signup form and detailed instructions for scheduling greenware drop off and glaze sessions will be emailed at the start of the semester. ... Read more about Independent Studio at Home

Interdisciplinary Projects

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Session 2: October 26 – November 30 (6 classes)Anne Eder
Day/Time: Mondays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm (EST)
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor: Anne Eder

Course Description:

Boundaries between mediums and disciplines have become less distinct and more permeable as image makers increasingly turn to sculpture and installation as vehicles for self-expression, and those making three-dimensional work incorporate imagery. This class is a forum for experimentation with contemporary art methods of photography, mixed media sculpture, and installation. The focus will be on the pragmatic aspects of creating interdisciplinary work such as drafting

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Mindful Making for Harvard Undergraduates

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Session 2: October 12 - November 2 (4 classes) Mindful Making
Days/Times: Mondays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (EST)
Level: Beginner - Advanced - Harvard Undergraduate Students Only
Instructor: Deighton Abrams

Course description: Take a pause from the hustle and bustle of life to nurture creativity. Creative activity can significantly lessen stress in the body, regardless of the artistic experience or talent. Each class focuses on one of the core mindfulness practices. Explore a range of modes of self-expression including collage, drawing, playing with words, writing poetry, papier-mâché and salt dough sculpting.

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Narrative Photography with Harvard Undergraduate Students

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Session 1: September 15 - October 6 (4 classes)Narrative Photography
Session 2: October 13 - November 3 (4 classes)
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (EST)
Level: Beginner - Advanced Harvard Undergraduates only
Instructor: Anne Eder - read an interview with Anne Eder on the Harvard Arts Blog.
Course description:Working within the framework of photography, students will use their smartphone camera to document the world around them. Documenting personal narratives is important work as it will become part of the history of this time. We will begin with an intimate COVID portraiture/documentary project that speaks to confinement, environment and family. We will then explore a more imaginative and illustrative approach to visualizing the narrative that they would have preferred or had hoped for, or an alternative fictional story. Builds technical skills and develops visual literacy. No special equipment needed other than a smart phone or camera and an internet connection. Photo credit - Kristen Joy Emack... Read more about Narrative Photography with Harvard Undergraduate Students

Plant Based Printing Processes II

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

pattern created from plants and photographic process to be demonstrated in classSession 2: October 29 - December 10 (6 classes)*

Days/Times: Thursdays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (EST)
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Anne Eder

Course description: Take your plant-based printing processes to the next level with this follow up course to the Plant-based Printing Intro class! Explore further the possibilities of printing with plants and using chemistry found in common household items. We will investigate the infinitely variable lumen and phytogram processes combined with non-traditional applications of chemistry you can make at home, as well as finding ways to take

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Private Wheel Lessons

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

White Plate, Slip Design by Steve MurphySession 2: October 26 - December 5
Days/Times: Arranged with instructor. 1 hr. appointments
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Steve Murphy

Course Description:  For those with access to a pottery wheel at home, Steve Murphy will work with you one-on-one on throwing technique, perfecting forms or challenging you to try new ones! A camera set-up that shows a view of you throwing on the wheel is required as well as access to Zoom. Before registering, contact Kathy King, Director at kking@fas.harvard.edu to arrange for a day/time that works for both you and the instructor. You will then be assisted in registering for the lessons. With permission of the instructor, additional lessons can be obtained.

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Relief Printmaking

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Fall Relief PrintmakingSession 2: October 28 – December 9 (6 classes)*

Day/Times: Wednesdays, 2:00pm - 4:00pm (EST)

Level: Beginner-Advanced

Instructor: Deighton Abrams

 

Explore the process of composing and carving relief blocks at home. Relief printmaking on blocks of linoleum and contemporary alternatives is a subtractive process, where the remaining surface area of the relief block can be inked and printed. The resulting block will not only be able used to print onto paper, but can also be impressed into clay or printed onto a clay form with ceramic slips and underglaze. Additional applications to other materials such as stationary and fibers will be explored as well. Guest instructor Darrah Bowden will share her process of using relief blocks onto plaster to create decorative clay slabs.

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Sculptural Ideas in Paper Construction I

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Claudia Olds GoldieSession 1: September 10 - October 15 (6 classes) SPACE STILL AVAIABLE!
Day/Time: Thursdays, 10:00am – 12:00pm (EST)

Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor:
Claudia Olds Goldie

Make the most out of the time away from the Ceramics Program by exploring paper as a sculptural medium. Create paper prototypes out of cut, rolled, folded and assembled paper. Some wet paper techniques such as embossing and papier-mâché will also be introduced. Students will view virtual demos, engage in class discussions, and have group and individual critique sessions.

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Sculptural Ideas in Paper Construction II

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Session 2: October 29 - December 10 (6 classes)*Claudia Olds Goldie
Days/Times: Thursdays, 10:00am - 12:00pm (EST)
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Claudia Olds Goldie

Course descriptionMake the most out of the time away from the Ceramics Program by exploring paper as a sculptural medium. This class will build on the skills learned in session one, but students from all levels may join the class to learn about paper mache, paper mache clay, tissue paper sculpture, homemade silicone molds, casting and embossing.  Students will view virtual demos, engage in class discussions, and have group and individual critique sessions.

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Setting Up Your Home Studio Mini-Course

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020
 Sesssion 2: October 29, November 5 and 12 (3 classes)Ben Eberle Kiln
Day/Time: Thursdays, 1pm - 3pm
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor: Ben Eberle

Course Description:

In the past six months, artists have faced being isolated from their community studios and some are beginning to think about moving from making art on the kitchen table to something a bit more permanent - a home studio. In this 3-part mini-course, studio potter Ben Eberle will walk us through setting up a home studio. Topics to be discussed will incude purchasing of equipment and furniture, sink use (or what to do if there is no sink access), electric kiln installation and simple repairs and best practice for recycling clay. Students will bring their own questions and concerns to the table and will soon by on their way to working productively at home!

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Surface and Form at Home

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Kathy KingSession 2: October 29 - December 10 (6 classes)* 
Days/Times: Thursdays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (EST)
Level: Beginner - Advanced
Instructor: Kathy King

Course description: Join Harvard Ceramics Program Director Kathy King in exploring hand building techniques that will provide the canvas for surface design. Whether carving on the clay itself, utilizing basic slips or underglazes to use at home, students will explore composition, narrative and build a vocabulary of imagery and/or pattern systems. Each session includes on-line demonstrations and will address issues of construction, function and cover a variety of surface decoration techniques including sgraffito, mishima, impressed patterns and a few other surprises!

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Wheel Intensive - On-line Edition

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Session 2: October 26 - November 30th (6 classes)Steve Murphy
Days/Times: Mondays, 10:00am - 12:00pm (EST)
Level: Beginner - Advanced
Instructor: 
Steve Murphy

Course Description: For those with access to a pottery wheel at home or those happy to observe, this class for intermediate to advanced potters will explore size, form, refinement and surface. The instructor will provide demonstrations based on what forms and/or techniques students would like to improve upon during this class.

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Visit An Artist Series

2020 Sep 25

Visit an Artist and Demonstration - Lorna Meaden

4:00pm to 6:00pm

 

Lorna Meaden ceramics

Let's travel to beautiful Durango, Colorado to visit full-time studio potter Lorna Meaden. During this two-hour studio visit and demonstation, Lorna will focus on thrown forms such as beautiful pouring vessels and the more unexpected forms like juicers! Lorna will discuss her surface techniques of incising and embedding color to enhance her forms that are then fired in a wood/soda kiln.

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2020 Oct 03

Visit an Artist and Demonstration - Kent McLaughlin

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

Kent McLaughlin

During this visit we travel to the mountains of North Carolina to visit potter and educator Kent McLaughlin. During this two-hour studio visit and demonstation, Kent will focus on thrown and altered stacked forms. Kent McLaughlin and his wife Suze Lindsay work out of their studio Fork Mountain pottery, featuring salt and reduction kilns.

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2020 Oct 10

Visit an Artist and Demonstration - Susan O'Byrne

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Susan OByrne

Grab your Zoom passport as we are traveling to Glasgow, Scotland to visit with ceramic sculptor, Susan O'Byrne! Susan gave a lecture at the Harvard Ceramics Program this past year while traveling in the US and she left our audience wanting to see her process in person! We will visit with Susan and learn more about her process though a demonstration during this 2-hour visit!

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2020 Oct 16

Visit an Artist and Demonstration - Mac McCusker

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

Mac McCusker

During this visit we travel to Durham, North Carolina to visit with figurative sculptor Mac McCusker and view a demonstration of his work. Mac McCusker’s figurative work and narrative vessels document personal experiences and struggles as a transgender artist. McCusker addresses preconceptions and prejudices about transgender and gender non-binary individuals as well as about the larger LGBTQIA community by sharing personal narratives through self-portrait busts, small-scale figures, and sculptural vessels.

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2020 Oct 17

Visit an Artist and Demonstration - Suze Lindsay - Form

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

SuzeLindsay

During this visit we have the pleasure of traveling to the beautiful mountains of North Carolina to visit the one and only Suze Lindsay for a special two-hour edition of our series! During this visit, Suze will be focused on demonstrating simple drop molds and  how to make drape platter forms/molds. Attention will be  directed towards resolutions for feet and rims. We will be creating new tools for our studio practice and all materials used will be shared with each participant prior to the event so that you can follow along with Suze! We will visit Suze later in the Fall to discuss surface enhancements with slips on November 21st!

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2020 Oct 24

Visit an Artist - April Felipe

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

April Felipe

This week, we'll go to Albany, Ohio to visit April Felipe. April explores themes of personal history, identity and belonging through her ceramic work. In this 1-hour studio visit, April will invite us into her home studio to discuss her incredibly crafted sculptural work as well as give us a look at what she is working on now! 

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2020 Oct 30

Visit an Artist - Brad Schwieger

4:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

Brad Schwieger

We're off to Ohio to visit the studio of master potter and sculptor Brad Schwieger. During this one-hour studio visit, Brad will discuss his artistic journey and the parallels he finds between architecture and pottery. "Like architecture, pottery deals with elements of form and structure, interior/exterior, utility or containment, surface detail and adornment. I have attempted to synthesize these interests and produce work that shares the minimal and complex, the miniature and monumental, the formal elements of design, the implied and the possibility of actual function." - Brad Schwieger

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2020 Oct 31

Visit an Artist - En Iwamura

10:00am to 11:00am

Location: 

Zoom

En Iwamura

We are off to Japan to visit with the incredibly prolific sculptor En Iwamura!

About the Visit an Artist Series: Join us for a virtual field trip to an artist's studio! We will visit contemporary ceramic artists for a guided tour of their space, a demo of their process, and discussion about their work and how it has progressed throughout their career. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in the discussion.

En Iwamura's current research investigates how he can influence and alter the experience of viewers who occupy space with his installation artworks. When Iwamura describes the space and scale in his works, he references the Japanese philosophy of Ma. Ma implies meanings of distance, moment, space, relationship, and more. People constantly read and measure different Ma between themselves, and finding the proper or comfortable Ma between people or places can provide a specific relationship at a given moment. Through his work, Iwamura intend to create such an encounter with site-responsive installations, and provide through entering the space, an opportunity for viewers to recognize Ma themselves.

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2020 Nov 14

Visit an Artist and Demonstration - Arthur Gonzalez

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

Arthur Gonzalez

We are honored to have the opportunity to visit one of the most important voices in the the field of ceramics, mixed media sculpture, painting and drawing - Arthur Gonzalez! We will visit with Arthur in his California studio to discuss how he has crafted a career not defined by any one process or material but instead with his own unique brand of storytelling. From the artist's website: "Dark, somber and foreboding, Arthur Gonzalez's works encourage serious deliberation and reflection on the relationship between personal concerns and world issues. Raw in form, lacking in smoothness and rough in finish, the ceramic sculptures give glimpses of a conversation or a contemplation in progress. Gonzalez's creations of ceramic and found objects reveal visions and feelings that are not polished but ongoing processes of gyrating thoughts and churning emotions that threaten to erupt into reality and consciousness to defy the fantasy of a peaceful experience."

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2020 Nov 21

Visit and Artist and Demonstration - Suze Lindsay - Surface

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

Suze Lindsay NOvember

Once again, we have the pleasure of traveling to the beautiful mountains of North Carolina to visit the one and only Suze Lindsay for a special two-hour edition of our series! During this visit, Suze will be focused her methods of decorating with slips to define and compliment the form. Though Suze fires in salt, these same techniques and slip recipes can be used in a variety of firing temperatures and atmospheres. All the recipes discussed during Suze's demonstration will be provided to each registered student.

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